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Attorney Brad Thornton is a highly experienced and Board-Certified criminal defense lawyer. With his background as a former Chief Prosecutor, he has a unique understanding of the criminal justice system and is able to provide comprehensive and effective representation to his clients. He is also deeply committed to ensuring that all individuals receive fair treatment in court, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Brad Thornton is dedicated to helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case, whether it is in San Antonio or elsewhere in South Texas. He recognizes the stress and anxiety that can come with being accused of a crime, and approaches his clients with compassion while keeping them informed at every step of the process. His knowledge and experience make him a strong advocate for his clients.
San Antonio Drug Crimes Attorney
Overview of Drug Crimes in Texas
Drug crimes in Texas encompass a wide range of offenses, from simple possession to manufacturing and trafficking. Depending on the amount of drugs or controlled substance involved; the type and nature of drug crime; and the offender’s criminal history, penalties can range from extended jail sentences to high fines.
In Texas, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) governs drug offenses. The CSA classifies drugs into Schedules I-V, with Schedule I substances considered to have the highest potential for abuse and addiction. Penalties under the CSA depend on both the type of controlled substance involved as well as the amount that was in possession.
Drug crimes in Texas can range from misdemeanor offenses and carry a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail, to felony offenses that are punishable by extended prison sentences.
In addition to criminal penalties, those convicted of drug crimes in Texas may also face additional consequences. These include professional license revocation or suspension, loss of voting rights and eligibility for federal student aid, among others.
Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances
In Texas, it is illegal to possess or distribute controlled substances without a valid prescription. Possession and distribution of Schedule I-V drugs can result in both criminal and civil liability.
For drug possession charges, the amount of the substance found determines whether an offense is a felony or misdemeanor. Generally speaking, possession of less than one gram of a substance is considered a state jail felony, with penalties including up to two years in state jail and fines of up to $10,000. Possession of larger amounts is considered a felony, with penalties ranging from five to 99 years in prison as well as heavy fines.
Distribution or sale of controlled substances can result in even harsher penalties. Depending on the type and amount of drug sold or distributed; whether the offense involved minors; any previous convictions; and other factors, those convicted may face sentences of up to life in prison.
Drug Manufacturing and Trafficking
Drug manufacturing and trafficking are some of the most serious drug crimes in Texas, with penalties including hefty jail sentences and large fines. The manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance without a valid prescription is considered a felony offense. Depending on the type and amount of drug involved; whether minors were involved; any previous convictions; and other factors, those convicted may face sentences ranging from two to life in prison as well as heavy fines.
Prescription Fraud and Forgery
Prescription fraud and forgery are criminal offenses in Texas, and those convicted can face severe consequences. Prescription fraud occurs when someone obtains or attempts to obtain drugs by deception or subterfuge. This could involve presenting a false prescription, forging a doctor’s signature on an existing prescription, using another person's information to obtain drugs, or altering a legitimate prescription.
Forgery of documents related to prescriptions is also considered a crime in Texas. This could include forging signatures on a prescription order form or changing the drug dosage or quantity without authorization from a physician.
Penalties for these types of offenses vary depending on the amount of controlled substance involved as well as any previous convictions. Generally speaking, penalties range from two to 99 years in prison, and heavy fines.